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Civil Air Patrol – Developing Cadets into Leaders


NCR/Nebraska Wing Conference – March 24-26, 2017



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OCS Dining Out 2016

By C/1stLt Michael Pineda

OCS Color Guard presenting the colors at the 2016 Dining Out

On December 5th, Omaha Composite Squadron held their 7th annual Dining Out at Arbor Hall. Every year, cadets, seniors, families and friends are invited to the Dining Out: a formal military style dinner in place of the night’s meeting. A special guest is always invited to the dinner to give a speech; this year’s guest being the Senior Enlisted Leader of U.S. Strategic Command, Chief Master Sergeant Patrick McMahon. Among the other honored guests was the NE wing commander, Colonel Darrell Nelson.

Before dinner, various ceremonies took place. First was the presentation of the colors by the cadet color guard team. The color guard processed through the room in formation with the American flag and the squadron flag, setting the flags on either side of the honored guest’s table. Following the presentation of the colors were the national anthem and toasts. Afterwards came the POW-MIA Table Ceremony, which honors the United States’ prisoners of war and servicemen missing in action.

Squadron Commander “tests” the quality of the beef before it is served for dinner

Finally came the presentation of Le Beouf, where the beef to be eaten that night was presented to Colonel Robert McCartney, President of the Mess, to confirm that it was fit for human consumption.
During the dinner, cadets were expected to follow the “Rules of the Mess,” found in their Dining Out Handbook. Many of the rules are old traditions; for example, males were required to rise from their seats when a female departed from or arrived at their table; no clapping was allowed; glasses must be kept half-full; and the Queen’s English was required to be strictly abided by. In the event that a rule was broken, any cadet could bring the rule-breaking to the attention of the Vice President of the Mess (also known as “Mr./Ms. Vice”), C/1stLt Nelson. If Ms. Vice found that the rule-breaking cadet had no excuse for breaking the rule, the cadet would be sent to “Mr. Grog” as “punishment.”

A cadet is sent to The Grog for violating “the rules of the mess”

The Grog was located in the middle of the floor, resting on a table before the honored guests, and filled with an assortment of juices, sodas, and breakfast cereal. Also, Mr. Grog is a toilet. When sent to The Grog, cadets had to fill their cup to a designated fill line, raise the cup while toasting “to the mess,” and drink the whole contents without lifting the cup from their lips. Once finished, they would turn the cup upside-down over their head, and, if a drop fell on their head, would repeat the process again.

CMSgt Patrick McMahon addresses the squadron after dinner

After dinner, the special guest, Chief Master Sergeant Patrick McMahon, gave a leadership-focused speech. After his speech, the awards ceremony began.

C/CMSgt Moran receives the cadet of the year award for the Omaha Composite Squadron

Various cadets and seniors were called up to the front of the room to receive awards. As always, there were some less serious awards, including an award to a cadet for running away as a model rocket flew toward his head, as well as an award for the cadet who launched the rocket. Afterwards, the squadron color guard retired the colors. Shortly after, the annual squadron video was premiered, showcasing all of the Squadron’s activities in 2016. The 75th anniversary Civil Air Patrol video was also played, since 2016 was also the 75th year of CAP’s operation. Finally, the cadets, seniors, families and friends were free to go, as the last meeting of the year came to a close.

This article was written and published by C/1stLt M. Pineda
as part of the Staff Duty service requirement for his 
current achievement.

Civil Air Patrol Cadet testimonies

Glider Flights for OCS cadets

Nebraska and Iowa Wing offer Powered and Glider Orientation flights for cadets in September

In the early morning of Saturday, September 10th, Several Omaha Composite Squadron and Burke High Schoool cadets, along with pilots from the Nebraska Wing, departed in two CAP aircraft and headed towards Ames, Iowa for combined NE-IA  Glider Orientation flights.

Cadets soar in the midwest skies as part of the Nebraska/Iowa Wing Orientation Flight program.

The CAP glider was provided by the Iowa Wing, and the CAP  Cessna 172 with a qualified tow pilot was used to tow the glider into the air.  Each Cadet was accompanied by a certified CAP glider  pilot.  Cadets were familiarized with preflight checklists, glider launch and release operations as well as the principles of soaring once inside the cockpit.  Each cadet received at least one Powered and two Glider orientation flights.

Cadets learn about glider launch operations and serve as wing walkers during launch.

Cadets are taught how to assist the towing operation by holding the wing of the aircraft parallel to the ground and running along as the aircraft begins to roll and gain enough speed that the aircraft control surfaces become effective in controlling the glider.

Cadet Rodriquez and LtCol Peterson prepare for one of the many glider flights.

The squadron would like to thank Lt. Col Dan Peterson and Capt. Whit Bonifant for taking time out of their weekend to dedicate an entire day to introduce our cadets to one of the most amazing aspects of flying.

Cadet Fuller smiles through the cockpit air vent prior to launch.

Cadets are taught that the preflight checklist is an integral part of every flight.

OCS Cadets work on their Private Pilot licenses

Several OCS cadets are currently working on their Private Pilot licenses, after having completed the North Central Region Flight Academy earlier this summer.   Cadets are paired up with a CAP Flight Instructor who will help them perfect the skills and training required for an FAA Private Pilot certificate.  Cadets will receive ground training, and flight training in one of the squadron’s aircraft.

The cadets are fortunate enough to be trained in the latest Cessan G1000 digital “Glass Cockpit” aircraft, which exposes them to the latest avionics and autopilot technology.  Hands-on ground training is conducted in the aircraft while connected to a ground power supply so that the cadets are able to maximize their understanding of the G1000 systems prior taking to the air.

Maj. C Schwartz conducts G1000 ground training with cadets at the squadron’s hangar.

OCS Cadets learn in one of the squadron’s newest aircraft as part of their training.

Maj. Schwartz gives equal hand-on time to each cadet in the left seat.

Cadets learn to navigate the avionics in one of CAP’s Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA)


A look into a Civil Air Patrol Mission

Cadet Rocketry Launches – 2016

CAP 75th Anniversary Tribute

OCS Cadets excel during 2016 summer activities

C/2dLt Gerot rapelling at the Minnesota Wing Encampment


Nine Omaha Composite Squadron Cadets attended national and international activities during the summer months.

Missouri Wing Encampment

Four Cadets attended the Missouri Wing Encampment in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO from July 10th to 17th.

The following cadets completed the 2016 MO Wing encampment:

  • C/1stLt Elizabeth Nelson (Cmdr. Commendation)
  • C/SrA Chaim Hayward (PT Award)
  • C/SrA Noach Hayward (Cadet of the Day)
  • C/Amn Patrick Kealey (Squadron award)

C/1stLt Nelson was member of the staff at the Missouri Wing Encampment.

C/SrA Chaim Hayward received the PT award at MOWG Encampment









C/SrA Noach Hayward participates in a team building exercise at MOW encampment.

Cadets pose for a photo in front of a Blackhawk helicopter at MOWG Encampment.








North Central Region National Flight Academy

Three Cadets attended the North Central Region National Flight Academy and successfully completed their ground and flight training which culminated with approximately 10 hours per cadet and each soloing in a CAP Cessna 172.

The Following cadets attended the NCR National Flight Academy:

  • C/2dLt Sara Pineda
  • C/CMSgt Bryce Moran
  • C/CMSgt Gregory Matya

C/2dLt Pineda after her first solo flight.

24 cadets from across the country (some as far as Hawaii) flew in Cessna 172s throughout the two week flight academy.










C/2dLt White from Lincoln and C/CMSgt Moran, C/2dLt. Pineda, C/CMSgt Matya from the Omaha Composite Squadron all graduated from the NCR National Flight Academy with their solo wings!

C/CMSgt Matya receiving his Solo tags after his flight

Each Instructor was assigned 3 students. Here is C/CMSgt Moran with his flight team, led by Maj. Justin Ingersoll.


Minnesota Wing Encampment

One Cadet attended the Minnesota Wing Encampment from July 23rd through 30th, 2016.  Activities included helicopter flights and confidence building activities such as rappelling and obstacle course.

Cadets memorize Civil Air Patrol basic knowledge items such as core values and cadet oath.

Cadets participate in a week long “basic training” style encampment which gives them an introduction to Air Force-style military training, customs and courtesies and exposes the cadets to the many benefits of working together as one team.

The following cadet attended the MN Wing Encampment:

  • C/CMSgt Thomas Gerot


C/2dLt Gerot sits in a Blackhawk helicopter prior to takeoff as part of the Minnesota Wing encampment.

International Air Cadet Exchange

Four Cadets Represented the Civil Air Patrol in the United Kingdom during the 2016 International Air Cadet Exchange, including our very own C/Capt. Ethan Copple.

One cadet was selected to attend the International Air Cadet Exchange and participate in The Royal Cadets’ 75th anniversary parade in the United Kingdom with representatives of other air cadet organizations also marking their 75th anniversary this year as well as celebrating the Queen of England’s 90th birthday.  Coincidentally, this year Civil Air Patrol is also celebrating its 75th anniversary.  Only four cadets from the entire nation were selected to represent the United States Civil Air Patrol for this special anniversary celebration, and having one of our very own cadet members representing us overseas is a testament to the quality of our local cadet program!

The following cadet attended the IACE visit to the U.K.:

  • C/Capt. Ethan Copple

C/Capt. Ethan Copple and C/Maj Jared Del Orfano pose in front of London Bridge.

C/Capt Copple in front of Big Ben

C/Capt Copple, C/Col. Olcott, C/Col Pendergrass and C/Maj Del Orfano prepare for the Royal Cadets 75th anniversary parade in the U.K.

RAF Fighter Command Headquarters during WWII. 

Cadet Orientation Rides

Several cadets participated in the CAPs Orientation Flight Program with our Squadron Pilots.  Each cadet completed one of their syllabus flights which focus on various aspects of flight and aircraft handling.  Cadets are allowed to take the controls to understand stability and the forces acting upon the aircraft as well as how the control inputs affect the maneuvering in the air.

There OCS cadets pose before their Orientation Flight in the squadron’s Cessna 182.


Offutt Air Force Base Air Show

The 2016 Offutt AFB Airshow gave the Curtis LeMay and Omaha Composite Squadron a chance to show off CAP’s Cadet and Aerospace Education Programs to the Public.  Several Seniors were present to guide visitors through the aircraft display and educate them on the various missions we participate in throughout the nation.

Offutt and Omaha Composite Squadron Cadets pose in front of the CAP Display Aircraft along with a stranger from a galaxy far, far away.